D-Day tested American resolve in fight against facism
They’re almost all gone now, that generation of Americans that beat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan and made the world safe for democracy.
Time has done what facism couldn’t, taking them one by one until now, only a handful of veterans of World War II remain to bear witness to what happened back then.
Today marks the 79th anniversary of one of the most important chapters of that horrible conflict: D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Because it was on that day some 160,000 Allied troops splashed ashore along a 50-mile stretch of French coastline on the beaches of Normandy, straight into German machine gun and artillery fire, in the largest seaborne invasion in history.
Thousands fell but thousands more fought their way on shore and up embankments to gain a foot hold on French soil.
From there, they slugged it out with German troops, toe to toe, until finally gaining the upper hand.
The cost in lives was high: more than 9,000 were killed in the fighting, many more wounded.
So today, as we recall their heroism those many years ago, we can’t help but wonder if America still has what it takes to do what the Greatest Generation actually did?
Given the divisions in the country — political, cultural, religious, etc. — it is not an unreasonable question to ask.
We’d like to think the answer is an emphatic YES. What do you think?
Today, let’s look back with national pride at what happened on those Normandy beaches.
We should never forget.